Children in Aleppo trapped in “living nightmare” – UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Justin Forsyth

28th September 2016

*Latest B-Roll from our convoy to rural Damascus, Foah and Kefraya in Idlib governorate this week

*Latest photos from Aleppo humanitarian needs assessment, carried out during ceasefire here

*UNICEF Ireland Executive Director Peter Power is available for immediate interview*


DUBLIN/NEW YORK, 28 September 2016 – At least 96 children have been killed and 223 have been injured in Eastern Aleppo since Friday, UNICEF said today.

“The children of Aleppo are trapped in a living nightmare,” said UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Justin Forsyth. “There are no words left to describe the suffering they are experiencing.”

The health system in Eastern Aleppo is crumbling with some 30 doctors left, hardly any equipment or emergency medicine to treat the injured, and an ever increasing number of trauma cases.

A doctor on the ground told UNICEF that children with low chances of survival are often left to die, due to limited capacity and supplies.

“Nothing can justify such assaults on children and such total disregard for human life. The suffering – and the shock among children – is definitely the worst we have seen.”


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For more information, please contact:

Aedín Donnelly, Communications and Media Manager for UNICEF Ireland | | Tel: +353 1 809 0281 | Mob: +353 85 1395272

Kieran Dwyer, UNICEF Syria, Tel: +963 992 89 28 47,

Juliette Touma, UNICEF Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa, Tel: +962 79 867 4628,

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